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DOI: 10.5593/SGEM2015/B11/S1.022

GEOARCHAEOLOGICAL STUDIES OF CIRCULAR STONE AT LA LAGUNA GRANDE, GRAND CANARIES

V. Seglins, A. Kukela
Tuesday 4 August 2015 by Libadmin2015

References: 15th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2015, www.sgem.org, SGEM2015 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7105-31-5 / ISSN 1314-2704, June 18-24, 2015, Book1 Vol. 1, 167-172 pp

ABSTRACT
The study has been carried out in the Garajonay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage, located in the center and north of the island of La Gomera, one of the Canary Islands. This National park has several ancient ritual places, which after the archaeological excavations in the 1950’s have been partly reconstructed. One of the most valuable discoveries during these excavations was the Circular stone. A non-destructive study method has been used to analyze the surface of this stone. The detailed photo documentation and further assessment of the exposed surfaces of the stone was performed in order to identify artificially made deformations of the stone surface as evidence left by ancient people. The elaborated methodology allowed us to identify and group human made carvings, nowadays visible as separate lines and their groups, as well as fragments of signs and symbols. Such approach could also be applied in the studies of other poorly preserved stone material objects.

Keywords: photo documentation, surface damage, stone marks

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